You’ll Never Walk Alone – Carousel

To my mind, the perfect “sung” audition song. Gorgeous open vowel sounds combined with a melody that runs right from the base of the voice to the top, all in a song contained in just over two minutes. Can be sung ‘legit’, with nice open vowels and a lovely mix, or taken down for females and belted. I’d recommend keeping it legit, since the vowels tend to be a little more back and might not suit well for belting.

Get the sheet music here, the CD here and the movie here.

Male/Female
Ballad
Top Note: G (Soprano or Tenor)
Mix Voice Required: Recommended
Head Voice Required: Recommended for Female Singers
Date: 1945

Leaning On A Lamppost – Me And My Girl

A classic easy male tune, with lots of character and beautiful long notes. Perfect for the auditioning male, and fits a lot of character into a short amount of bars. Ignore George Fornby’s riffing on the ukulele that follows the main stanza – uke not required.

You can get the CD for Me and My Girl here for under $1.00 (as always, recommended listening if you’re serious about getting into the character), and the sheet music here.

Male
Upbeat
Top Note: E
Mix Voice Required: Yes
Head Voice Required: No
Date: 1937

Worst Pies In London – Sweeney Todd

A challenging song pitch-wise: it takes things up very high in some sections and has to be carefully balanced, as Patti Lupone does here. They can be taken by a brave alto, but a modern, twangy mezzo-sop might be better suited. But there are barrels of potential if the singing is managed well. Her stomps on the bread are a particular highlight if you can match yourself to a smart pianist.

Check out the sheet music here, watch the movie here or buy the CD here.

Female
Upbeat
Top Note: Eb (Chest/Mix)
Mix Voice Required: Yes
Head Voice Required: No
Date: 1979

I’d Give My Life For You – Miss Saigon

 

A great showpiece song with a varied mix of strong belts and gorgeous mix sections. The top E is staccato, and can be taken either in a pure belt (as Lea does here) or in a softer mix.

Check out the sheet music here, and buy the CD here.

Female
Ballad
Top Note: D/E (Chest Voice) D (Mix Voice)
Mix Voice Required: Yes
Head Voice Required: Yes
Date: 1989

Not A Day Goes By – Merrily We Roll Along

 

Tremendously moving ballad from Sondheim with beautiful emotional, speechy sections and some great mix/belt sections. Get the sheet music here, and buy the CD here.

Female
Ballad
Top Note: C (Chest Voice) C# (Mix Voice)
Mix Voice Required: Yes
Head Voice Required: Yes
Date: 1981

My Lord And Master – The King And I

A great audition piece for the versatile soprano, a lovely simple build hitting all the big notes in their range. Surprisingly voiced by Kristin Chenoweth in this rare clip.

Get the sheet music here, the CD here and the movie here.

Female
Upbeat
Top Note: Bb (Head Voice)
Mix Voice Required: Yes
Head Voice Required: Yes
Date: 1951

I Hate Men – Kiss Me Kate

A high-powered belting tune with a surprisingly diverse set of speech qualities available to the singer. For the full effect, requires a fully developed mix voice in the bridges and a nice twang tone on the ‘secretary’ section.

Get the sheet music here, the CD here and the movie here.

Female
Upbeat
Top Note: C#
Mix Voice Required: Recommended
Head Voice Required: No
Date: 1948